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Miracles of Book and BodyBuddhist Textual Culture and Medieval Japan$
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Charlotte Eubanks

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520265615

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520265615.001.0001

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Textual Transubstantiation and the Place of Memory

Textual Transubstantiation and the Place of Memory

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(p.133) Four Textual Transubstantiation and the Place of Memory
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Miracles of Book and Body
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Charlotte Eubanks

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520265615.003.0005

This chapter describes the different ways the sutra fragment is able to fit into a humanoid form. It studies statuary and chirographic practice and considers literary evidence in order to argue that the voice served as a “musical shuttle” which flowed between the body, mind, and scroll. The chapter also studies the overlap between the descriptions of medieval practices of copying, chanting, and memorizing sutras, and furthermore considers some visual art forms in order to understand the material reality of sutra scrolls in the medieval period.

Keywords:   sutra fragment, humanoid form, statuary practice, chirographic practice, literary evidence, musical shuttle, medieval practices, visual art forms, material reality, sutra scrolls

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